The Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network Leverages Digital Health to Engage High Risk Employees in Maintaining a Healthy Weight

By September 14, 2023 December 16th, 2023 News

Integrating the Omada Health virtual care program into the health system’s digital health platform via Xealth streamlines communications and improves engagement

Xealth, the leader in enabling digital health at scale, today announced that The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network is leveraging its digital health platform to engage select employees into the Omada Health virtual care program.

A national epidemic, obesity is a significant factor that increases a person’s chance of developing chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes. Reducing body mass index (BMI) by even less than three percent lowers a person’s risk of developing a chronic condition by 35 percent. To assist its employees who have one or more health factors putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes, The Froedtert & MCW health network is offering them a CDC-recognized virtual-first diabetes prevention program from Omada Health.

“Our clinicians and staff dedicate themselves to making sure our patients have the resources they need to live their healthiest lives. It is important that, as a health system, we do the same for each member of our team,” said Bradley Crotty, MD, MPH Chief Medical Officer of Inception Health, the innovation arm of the Froedtert & MCW health network; and Associate Professor of Medicine, MCW. “Early results indicate high engagement and enhanced outcomes for people using the Omada program and adding it to our digital health platform amplifies these outcomes, improving enrollment and engagement so that our members benefit from these individualized programs.”

By integrating the virtual care program into the clinical record, eligible patients are easily identified. Xealth facilitates communication outreach, which comes from The Froedtert & MCW health network, and offers deeper insight into program enrollment and engagement. The health network has been using the Xealth digital health platform, integrated into its EHR system, since early 2018. Omada is the 10th digital health app that the health system has added to this platform, which covers a variety of clinical areas, including mental health, maternity, diabetes and others.

“Providing a virtual-first care environment, Omada offers a clinically-rigorous approach to weight management and diabetes prevention that supports patients in the time between doctors’ visits. The behavior change program combines relationship building, data, and technology to deliver scalable and outcomes-driven care,” said Omada Health Chief Medical Officer Carolyn Jasik, MD. “Integrating our program with the Xealth platform adds insights into enrollment and activation that, coupled with our ongoing analytics, delivers a more complete view to employers and healthcare providers to optimize program results.”

To date, 1,200 The Froedtert & MCW health network employees have received invitations into the program, with about 25% of them joining. Collectively, they have lost about 1,300 pounds and are engaging with the program an average of 29.2 times per week.

“Digital programs and resources are an integral part of comprehensive care, especially for addressing complex conditions,” said Mike McSherry, CEO and co-founder of Xealth. “By bringing its digital health programs, including Omada, onto Xealth’s connected platform, The Froedtert & MCW health network is extending care teams and looking out for the health of the very people dedicated to helping its patients.”

Xealth is the driving force behind digital health programs at many of the nation’s largest health systems, bringing digital health vendors, programs, therapeutics and tools into clinical and patient workflow. When combined with the company’s custom data and analytics, health systems can track, analyze and evaluate everything through their digital health integration platform.